Soothing throat irritation

Remedies to soothe strep throat infection

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That irritation you feel at the back of your throat each time you go “eheem…eheem” as you try to clear your voice before speaking could be the result of strep throat, a common infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria.

Strep throat can be extremely uncomfortable especially when your job requires you to do a lot of talking.

This common infection often signals an oncoming cold, flu or viral infection and may worsen over time. Also, you might experience difficulty eating, swallowing or even talking.

Worry not, as the cure to this could be hiding in your home. Here are a handful of home remedies to help you soothe your throat.

  • First and foremost, drink plenty of fluids. It is important for you to keep your throat moist and prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking cigarettes as they can irritate your throat further and lead to dehydration. 
  • To help soothe your throat’s soreness, consume tea like chamomile, mint or add some honey along with a slice of lemon to room temperature water and drink it a few times a day. 
  • Completely avoid eating spicy, fatty, citrusy or crunchy foods as it could aggravate your throat more when it’s already sore. 
  • Gargle with salt water. Add a teaspoon of table salt to 120 milliliters (ml) of warm water and gargle for about two to three minutes as it can help soothe your sore throat. 
  • Lastly, rest your voice. Talking out loud will not help your throat to heal.

Remember, be sure to consult a doctor if your strep throat pain intensifies, last more than a few days or if other symptoms develop like fever, flu and headaches.

Sources: Healthline, Medical News Today

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